Luchesi: Sonatas, Op. 1 Roberto Plano

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  • Andrea Luca Luchesi (1741 - 1801): Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 1:
  • 1Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro04:35
  • 2Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 1: II. Andante06:11
  • 3Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 1: III. Presto02:49
  • Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 1:
  • 4Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro molto02:56
  • 5Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 1: II. Andante05:39
  • 6Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro molto01:11
  • Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1:
  • 7Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro04:59
  • 8Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: II. Menuetto. Trio02:40
  • 9Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro molto02:49
  • Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 1:
  • 10Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 1: I. Andante05:41
  • 11Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 1: II. Allegro molto03:41
  • 12Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro assai02:30
  • Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 1:
  • 13Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 1: I. L'harmonique07:28
  • 14Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 1: II. Menuetto.Trio04:04
  • 15Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 1: III. Rondeau02:36
  • Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 1:
  • 16Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro molto03:42
  • 17Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 1: II. Andante05:38
  • 18Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 1: III. Menuetto con variazione05:22
  • Total Runtime01:14:31

Info for Luchesi: Sonatas, Op. 1

Early-Classical keyboard sonatas by a little-known teacher of Beethoven.

Andrea Luchesi was born in the Italian region of Friuli in 1841 and died in poverty 60 years later in Bonn, birthplace of the composer who grants him a tentative foothold on history, Ludwig van Beethoven. It was Beethoven’s far more renowned teacher, Christian Gottlob Neefe, who wrote a biography of Luchesi and described his early training in music at home, then his move to Venice, and his early success as an opera composer.

As a keyboard player and member of a Venetian opera company, Luchesi travelled to Germany in 1771 and made his career there, being appointed the Kapellmeister to the Prince Elector’s court in Bonn assuccessor to Beethoven’s grandfather. He attracted favourable mention in the journals of the English musical commentator and traveller Charles Burney, and the piano-maker JB Cramer also praised him as one of the best Italian composers of his day as well as an excellent organist. There have even been far-fetched claims that Luchesi was the true author of some of Mozart’s best-known works!

The six sonatas recorded here and published in Bonn in 1772 as Luchesi’s Opus 1 were originally designated as sonatas for the harpsichord with violin accompaniment, much in the style of violin sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven. Luchesi, however, reduced the violin part to a marginal role, mostly doubling the keyboard’s right-hand part; Roberto Plano has accordingly eliminated it altogether in this recording, saying that ‘I believe it to be closer to the composer’s original intention.’

Andrea Luchesi (1741-1801), like many of his compatriots, left his homeland Italy to find his luck elsewhere in Europe. A virtuoso keyboard player he undertook extensive concert tours, before settling at the court of Bonn, where he became Maestro di Cappella and sought-after teacher. One of his most famous pupils was…the young Ludwig van Beethoven.

Luchesi’s Sonatas Op. 1 were written for keyboard with violin accompaniment, which in the present recording is omitted, since it plays a marginal role. The sonatas are written in the Viennese Classicist style, witty, tuneful and brilliantly written for the keyboard, displaying uncommon virtuosity. One can clearly see the influence these works must have had on the young Ludwig..

Italian pianist Roberto Plano was First Prize Winner of the Cleveland Piano Competition and the top winner in the Cliburn Competition of 2005. He settled in the USA, where he is Professor at Boston University and is expanding his pianistic career. The NY Times wrote about him: “he showed artistic maturity beyond his years..there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performance..”.

Roberto Plano, piano

Roberto Plano
First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada) and the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Roberto Plano has performed all over the world. Important venues in North America include Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center, where he performed the American premiere of Luis de Pablo’s Retratos y Transcripciones; Severance Hall in Cleveland, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and others. He regularly performs in Europe – notably at Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and St. John Smith Square in London, National Concert Hall in Dublin, and at the Herculessaal and Gasteig in Munich. He has been a featured recitalist at internationally acclaimed Festivals such as the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland; the Festival at Sandpoint, the Portland Piano International Festival, Savannah Music Festival, the Wassermann Piano Festival (UT) and the Newport Music Festival in the USA.

He has appeared with orchestras in Italy (Milan Symphony Orchestra “Verdi”, Rome Symphony), Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz), Spain (Valencia Symphony), Czech Republic (Marienbad Symphony), Slovakia (Kosice State Symphony), Romania (Oradea, Sibiu, Targu Mures Symphonies), Switzerland (Festival Strings, Lucerne), the UK (Young Symphony Orchestra), Japan (Sendai Symphony), USA symphony orchestras (Houston, Fort Worth, Spokane, Akron, Illinois S.O., and others), under conductors such as James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman, Jahja Ling, Marcelo Lehninger, Robert Franz, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Enrique Garcia Assensio, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Donato Renzetti, Ari Raisilianen, Kerry Stratton and Gary Sheldon. In Canada he has been soloist with Calgary Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.

Roberto Plano’s friendly and outgoing personality has made him a favorite for guest appearances on a number of radio stations, including NPR’s Performance Today, WNYC in New York City, WFMT in Chicago, WGBH’s Classics in the morning (Boston), WCRI (Newport), CBC’s In Performance (Toronto), BBC In Tune (London), RadioRai 3 Grammelot and Piazza Verdi (Milan), Rete 2 (Lugano). As a result of his success at the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition, he appeared in the film documentaries “In the Heart of Music” and “Encores” (together with James Conlon and Menahem Pressler) which was aired on PBS stations across the United States, as well as in Europe through the satellite channel MEZZO. In 2006, Plano was chosen to participate in the DVD recording “A Masterclass with Jean-Michel Damase”, filmed in Paris by ARTE at Salle Cortot; and together with Philippe Entremont, a second video project about the music of Mozart, broadcast by NHK in Japan.

As a teacher, he has given public master classes in prestigious University such as Indiana University, Houston University, Kent State University, Augusta State University, University of Mississippi, Utah State University, University of Dayton, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Boston Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, at the Alberta Conservatory (Edmonton, Canada), at the Conservatory of San Juan (Puerto Rico), and in all the major cities of Schlewsig-Holstein, Germany, as well as in Paris at the Ecole Normale Cortot, in Taiwan, and throughout North America. During the summer he also regularly presides at the Music International Masterclasses in Portogruaro, Italy. ...

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